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MAE907 - Macroeconomic Theory II


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

To be confirmed

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:This unit is only available to students enrolled in M900 - Doctor of Philosophy


Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3 hour seminar per week


Today, macroeconomists have turned to fully specified equilibrium models to understand the economy. Modern macroeconomic models have microeconomic foundations and are usually explicitly dynamic. This unit will cover some of the basic frameworks that macroeconomists use to understand a variety of topics such as consumption and saving decisions, the role of liquidity and aggregate activity, business cycles and volatility, economic growth, labour markets, financial intermediation or optimal taxation. The topics that will be covered in the course all share two hallmarks of modern and macroeconomic theory: (i) intertemporal choice and (ii) choice under uncertainty. This course, by exposing you to past and ongoing research in the field, will equip you with the tools necessary to embark on your own research. 

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Be able to analyse various macro data and understand their implications for macroeconomic performance.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Determine what factors affect the demand for currency and what determines how agents settle transactions GDP.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Critically analyse and apply various models of consumption and investment behaviour to economic problems.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving 


Determine the effectiveness of government policies under different conditions.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Explain the impact of trade policies.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Apply the macroeconomic theories learned to analyse contemporary economic issues.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1: (Individual) Report (Analytical) Problem Set 

2000 words 25% Week 6

Assessment 2: (Individual) Report (Analytical) Problem Set 

2000 words 25% Week 10

End of Unit Assessment Task: Written Response Test

3 hours 50% End of Unit Assessment Period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirements: Achieve at least 50% of the marks available on the end of unit assessment task to evidence a minimum proficiency in the aligned discipline learning outcomes included in this unit. 

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MAE907 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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